Bengals RB Jeremy Hill knows his play from the first three games this season has been largely uninspiring. He doesn't need to consult his fantasy football roster to see that.
To this point, part of the Cincinnati Bengals' second-year rusher's stat line reads more like the first half of a Leonard Fournette outing -- 123 yards, two touchdowns.
But, oh yeah, that's 123 yards on 41 carries, an average of 3.0 yards per rush. Not to mention, there are the two lost fumbles from the Week 2 win over San Diego. Put it all that together, and you have the kind of start that could be deemed a nightmare for a solid Bengals offense trying to make sure it's as balanced as possible now as the season hits its stride.
Fret not, though, Bengals fans and fantasy owners. Hill believes these early dark days will soon subside.
"It's coming," Hill said, referencing a conversation he had with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson walking off the field following Sunday's 28-24 win at Baltimore. "I talked to Hue after and he knows it's coming. We can feel it. There are certain plays, certain situations where we can feel it."
Against the Ravens, Hill averaged a whopping 1.8 yards, carrying 12 times for 21 yards. He also barely touched the ball in the second half after he had difficulty getting anything established. Giovani Bernard didn't have a significantly better day, but Bernard's 13 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 34 yards helped move the ball downfield and set up key scores. The team said last week they will continue to use Hill as the lead back even after he fumbled, liking the way they can mix Bernard into the offense, but Bernard has sure had more of a hot hand.